The Holiday Wine Wheel
For anyone looking for a reason to open a great bottle, here are eight. Some are more legit (Easter) than others (April Fools’ Day), but all will get you to a totally delicious wine.
March 27: Easter
Pope Francis has said, before an audience of thousands, "There is no party without wine"—alluding to the wedding at Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. Drink an Argentinean red in his honor: 2014 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec ($21).
April 1: April Fools' Day
Buy a bottle of 2012 Pirate Treasured ($65)—the whimsical treasure map label belies the intensity of this red blend.
April 18: Tax Day
Until that refund comes in, stick to bargains like the 2011 Château Ollieux Romanis Corbières ($17).
April 22: Earth Day
Proceeds from the 2012 OneHope Wholesome Wave Pinot Noir ($75) help low-income families get affordable access to fresh, local and regional foods.
April 22-28: Passover
Many of the most exciting kosher wines come from Israel, especially its Galilee and Judean Hills regions. Try the Cabernet-based 2013 Tzora Vineyards Shoresh ($37).
May 8: Mother's Day
Get your mother something from a great woman winemaker, like the 2014 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc ($32).
May 30: Memorial Day
Buy the 2012 Murphy-Goode Homefront Red ($14), and 50 cents will go to Operation Homefront to help armed-service members' families.
June 19: Father's Day
Seek out a wine from a father-son winemaking team, like the 2013 Andrew Will Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($39). For a father-daughter duo, try the 2013 Rock Wall Chalk Hill Zinfandel ($40).